Prashant Singh

Prashant Singh

Prashant Singh is an Assistant Editor with HT Cafe. Besides bringing out the edition on a daily basis, he also extensively writes on Bollywood.

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Actor-producer Anushka Sharma is glad that with her 2020 projects, her production house “managed to stand out with our bold decisions, and give audiences two clutter-breaking shows.”
Actor-producer Anushka Sharma is glad that with her 2020 projects, her production house “managed to stand out with our bold decisions, and give audiences two clutter-breaking shows.”

2020 has been a year of disruption in the content landscape: Anushka Sharma

UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 03:01 PM IST
The actor, who backed Paatal Lok and Bulbbul as a producer, feels only the ‘clutter-breaking’ content has managed to stand out as audiences’ tastes are constantly evolving.
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For Ranveer Singh, the biggest milestone of his decade-long journey ‘has to be when I got selected for my first film.’(Photo: Saurabh Das)
For Ranveer Singh, the biggest milestone of his decade-long journey ‘has to be when I got selected for my first film.’(Photo: Saurabh Das)

My struggle period wasn’t easy at all. For close to 3.5 years, I was just groping in the dark: Ranveer Singh

By Prashant Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 11:07 PM IST
As actor Ranveer Singh completes a decade in Bollywood on December 10, the actor says his journey has been ‘beyond my wildest imagination’; adds he was totally ‘clueless’ during his debut film, Band Baaja Baaraat.
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Filmmaker Maneesh Sharma says he will direct his next film, after the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Fan, sometime early next year.
Filmmaker Maneesh Sharma says he will direct his next film, after the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Fan, sometime early next year.

I don’t even realise that it’s been 10 years. It’s been a fun and enriching ride: Maneesh Sharma

By Prashant Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 01:37 PM IST
The Band Baaja Baaraat maker feels the ‘high point’ for him has been the ’unexpected turn of becoming a producer’; adds it has been ‘immensely fulfilling’ for him to collaborate with ‘different creative minds and storytellers’
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In Anurag Basu’s new offering, Ludo, a gangster named Sattu bhaiya -- played by actor Pankaj Tripathi -- has been shown as a fan of the song, ‘O Betaji, O Babuji, from Bhagwan Dada-Geeta Bali starrer Albela (1951).
In Anurag Basu’s new offering, Ludo, a gangster named Sattu bhaiya -- played by actor Pankaj Tripathi -- has been shown as a fan of the song, ‘O Betaji, O Babuji, from Bhagwan Dada-Geeta Bali starrer Albela (1951).

A past move: old movie songs strike a special chord!

UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 10:07 PM IST
Of late, iconic Hindi film numbers have become a powerful leitmotif to prop up emotions, magnify contexts and evoke nostalgia in web shows / films.
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Actor Yami Gautam is currently busy shooting for her next, Bhoot Police alongside Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor, in Himachal Pradesh.
Actor Yami Gautam is currently busy shooting for her next, Bhoot Police alongside Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor, in Himachal Pradesh.

I never socialized and I still don’t. I guess each one of us has a core and you can’t change that: Yami Gautam

By Prashant Singh, HT Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 02:46 AM IST
The Bala actor says she always had her ‘own way of carrying myself’ but she is proud to be ‘still here working with my head high.’ Adds that for her, ‘work is my words’ and that’s the way it will always be.
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Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli is going to be on a paternity leave, and will return home -- after the first test -- to be with wife Anushka Sharma whose due date is in January next year.(Photo: AFP)
Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli is going to be on a paternity leave, and will return home -- after the first test -- to be with wife Anushka Sharma whose due date is in January next year.(Photo: AFP)

Brand Kohli: skipper’s absence to hit broadcasters hard?

By Prashant Singh | HT Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Apparently, the Australian broadcaster, Channel 7 is upset with Cricket Australia as it’s set to “lose big” due to the absence of Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, from three test matches as he will be on a paternity leave
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Actor Deepika Padukone will next be seen in Kabir Khan’s ‘83, co-starring her husband, Ranveer Singh.
Actor Deepika Padukone will next be seen in Kabir Khan’s ‘83, co-starring her husband, Ranveer Singh.

Thank God, Ranveer and I didn’t get locked down without each other: Deepika Padukone

By Prashant Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:30 AM IST
The actor says this year, she is filled with gratitude for lots of things; adds she was fortunate to be not stuck separately, from husband Ranveer Singh, during the Covid-19 induced lockdown
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This year, Ayushmann Khurrana has been seen in films such as Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and Gulabo Sitabo that went straight to an OTT platform(Photo: RAAJESSH KASHYAP)HT)
This year, Ayushmann Khurrana has been seen in films such as Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and Gulabo Sitabo that went straight to an OTT platform(Photo: RAAJESSH KASHYAP)HT)

‘I’m deeply inspired by the heroism of self-made, idealistic Indians’

By Prashant Singh | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 01:56 PM IST
Buoyed by his successes and boy-next-door appeal, Ayushmann Khurrana is the new blue-eyed-boy of the ad world; the actor feels what has worked for him is swimming against the tide and ‘being totally myself’
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Filmmaker Hansal Mehta-directed web show, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, starring actor Pratik Gandhi, is based on Harshad Mehta’s 1992 Indian securities scam.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta-directed web show, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, starring actor Pratik Gandhi, is based on Harshad Mehta’s 1992 Indian securities scam.

Going for the kill: crime shows weave big success on OTT!

By Prashant Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 12:24 AM IST
Be it inspired from real life or ‘fact-ional’ accounts, a number of crime/scam-based web shows have hit the bull’s eye on streaming sites. What’s helping them spawn?
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Jassie Gill will next be seen in the Hindi film Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai.
Jassie Gill will next be seen in the Hindi film Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai.

I was anxious about travelling amidst the Covid-19 peak: Jassie Gill

UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 04:44 AM IST
The actor-musician says that he had to travel during the pandemic because of his shoots, but he would have avoided it if he could.
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Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘83 will release in the first quarter of 2021.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘83 will release in the first quarter of 2021.

It’s time for the ‘big’ push: Hindi film world waiting for a blockbuster!

UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 04:37 AM IST
Finally, the first quarter of 2021 will see ’83 and Sooryavanshi hitting theatres; trade insiders say big films are the ‘need of the hour’.
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As per TAM-Adex report, this season, the total number of advertisers and brands went up by 7 per cent and 3 per cent respectively, compared to IPL12.
As per TAM-Adex report, this season, the total number of advertisers and brands went up by 7 per cent and 3 per cent respectively, compared to IPL12.

A big hit: IPL ad space shines bright this season!

UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 04:22 AM IST
According to the latest TAM-Adex report, with 92 categories, 115 advertisers and 249 brands, Indian Premier League 13 shattered its own record, both in terms of ad revenues and viewership.
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Indian cricketer, Shubman Gill, 21, says his father is “extremely proud” of him and “feels great that I’m playing cricket at the highest level.”
Indian cricketer, Shubman Gill, 21, says his father is “extremely proud” of him and “feels great that I’m playing cricket at the highest level.”

Shah Rukh sir is a kind of team owner who doesn’t really pressurise his team’s players: Shubman Gill

UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 03:57 PM IST
India’s bright, young cricketing star, Shubman Gill calls the Kolkata Knight Riders owner ‘humble and warm’; says he personally doesn’t ‘want to think too far ahead’
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Actor Deepika Padukone believes 2020 Diwali is ‘slightly different because of the various things that different people have gone through (due to the Covid-19 pandemic).’(Photo: Neha Chandrakant)
Actor Deepika Padukone believes 2020 Diwali is ‘slightly different because of the various things that different people have gone through (due to the Covid-19 pandemic).’(Photo: Neha Chandrakant)

Diwali special: This year, we will stay at home, and do a simple puja: Deepika Padukone

UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 10:42 PM IST
The Padmaavat actor, whose big Diwali wish this year is people having ‘good health and peace of mind’, says all names of her family members, including hers, are ‘different synonyms of the word, light.’
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Actor Deepika Padukone, who has invested in the FMCG health food brand, Epigamia and Delhi-based Blu Smart, looks for “companies/brands [to invest in] that are clutter-breaking and, more importantly, the ones that are going to add value to the development of the country.”
Actor Deepika Padukone, who has invested in the FMCG health food brand, Epigamia and Delhi-based Blu Smart, looks for “companies/brands [to invest in] that are clutter-breaking and, more importantly, the ones that are going to add value to the development of the country.”

The big startup wave: Bollywood divas who mean business!

By Prashant Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 10:15 PM IST
As actor Alia Bhatt becomes the latest female star to invest in a firm, we take a look at how her Hindi film counterparts are also turning angel investors to several startups across sectors.
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Filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Tenet will finally hit Indian shores towards the end of this month
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Tenet will finally hit Indian shores towards the end of this month

Foreign touch: No Hindi biggie without overseas market?

By Prashant Singh | HT Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 02:50 PM IST
As the new set of lockdowns in various international markets make makers of ‘83 shift from Christmas release date, industry insiders say big-budget movies are unlikely to let go of the lucrative foreign countries’ earnings
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui has had a steady stream of projects -- such as Ghoomketu, Raat Akeli Hai and Serious Men -- coming out during the lockdown, on various OTT platforms.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has had a steady stream of projects -- such as Ghoomketu, Raat Akeli Hai and Serious Men -- coming out during the lockdown, on various OTT platforms.

For me, the lockdown has been a sort of blessing in disguise: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

By Prashant Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 12:25 AM IST
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has enjoyed spending quality time with family during the lockdown, feels a person can either keep complaining, or ‘try and look for some positives’ during a ‘difficult time’. The actor says he would prefer the latter.
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Movie theatres, which were shut since March-end due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have reopened in almost every Indian state.
Movie theatres, which were shut since March-end due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have reopened in almost every Indian state.

In the reset mode: green-lighting theatres’ reopening in Maharashtra is ‘a lifeline of sorts’

By Prashant Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 10:56 PM IST
Bollywood insiders welcome the state government’s decision to allow cinema halls to function again, saying that the Mumbai circuit alone contributes 40-45 per cent of a film’s total box office earnings.
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Actor Deepika Padukone is set to play Draupadi in a film adaptation of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s book, The Palace Of Illusions.(HT Photo)
Actor Deepika Padukone is set to play Draupadi in a film adaptation of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s book, The Palace Of Illusions.(HT Photo)

Shaktimaan, Agatha Christie, The Comedy of Errors ... inspirations galore as filmmakers move beyond the usual!

By Prashant Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 10:24 PM IST
Be it plays, TV shows, international cinema or literature, a number of unique Indian adaptations are in the offing, as the film world seems keen on serving up a variety to audiences.
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Muhammad Ali Jinnah served as the leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan’s independence on August 14, 1947; and then as Pakistan’s first Governor-General until his death.(Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah served as the leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan’s independence on August 14, 1947; and then as Pakistan’s first Governor-General until his death.(Getty Images)

From the past lane: Jinnah and his ‘marriage that shook India’ set to hit desi screens!

UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 09:21 PM IST
Bollywood producer Kumar Taurani has acquired the adaptation rights of the book, Mr and Mrs Jinnah: The Marriage that Shook India, written by Sheela Reddy; says ‘there’s no decision yet as to what format it will be developed in -- a feature film or web series.’
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As Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmii readies for the digital premiere, trade analyst-critic, Komal Nahta has written an open letter to the star, making an appeal to have his film simultaneously release in single-screen cinemas as well as on the OTT platform.
As Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmii readies for the digital premiere, trade analyst-critic, Komal Nahta has written an open letter to the star, making an appeal to have his film simultaneously release in single-screen cinemas as well as on the OTT platform.

Theatre Vs OTT: The ‘right-s’ step in the unlock mode!

UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 01:13 AM IST
An open letter by a trade analyst-critic again brings up the topic of Hindi films releasing simultaneously on OTT platforms as well as cinema halls. Industry insiders feel streaming platforms have the final say, and no actor or producer can interfere.
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Ayushmann Khurrana, who was last seen in Gulabo Sitabo, has been stationed in his home-town, Chandigarh for several weeks now(Photo: Jay Samuel)
Ayushmann Khurrana, who was last seen in Gulabo Sitabo, has been stationed in his home-town, Chandigarh for several weeks now(Photo: Jay Samuel)

The coronavirus scare: Ayushmann’s staying away from family, for family!

By Prashant Singh | HT Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 03:03 PM IST
Despite shooting in his home-town, Chandigarh, actor Ayushmann Khurrana is not staying at his family abode, and instead, has checked himself into a hotel, due to the Covid-19 threat
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According to IIHB’s TIARA report, Deepika Padukone emerged as the Most Trusted female Bollywood celebrity. She has also been voted as India’s Most Beautiful, and also India’s Most Glamorous.
According to IIHB’s TIARA report, Deepika Padukone emerged as the Most Trusted female Bollywood celebrity. She has also been voted as India’s Most Beautiful, and also India’s Most Glamorous.
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The new ad campaign of Bata – featuring actor Kriti Sanon – wants people to kick out 2020 with all its negativity, and get ready to enjoy good times again with friends / family.
The new ad campaign of Bata – featuring actor Kriti Sanon – wants people to kick out 2020 with all its negativity, and get ready to enjoy good times again with friends / family.

Ad-ding to the new normal: restarting life in the post-Covid 19 world!

UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:15 AM IST
As India starts to get active once again after months of Covid-19 induced lockdown, new brand campaigns are successfully underlining the theme of hope and positivity.
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Actor Bhumi Pednekar will next be seen in a horror-thriller, Durgavati that will have her topline a film for the first time.
Actor Bhumi Pednekar will next be seen in a horror-thriller, Durgavati that will have her topline a film for the first time.

As an actor, my profession comes with a certain responsibility: Bhumi Pednekar

UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 11:09 PM IST
Bhumi Pednekar, who has completed five years as an actor in 2020, says ‘a lot needs to change’ around us, and that if she can use ‘my craft, voice, as well as the medium (of cinema) to bring about a positive change’, she will consider herself ‘very lucky’
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Rajkummar Rao will soon be seen in Anurag Basu’s Ludo alongside Fatima Sana Shaikh.
Rajkummar Rao will soon be seen in Anurag Basu’s Ludo alongside Fatima Sana Shaikh.

Until Bareilly Ki Barfi, people would see me as a ‘serious, dramatic’ actor: Rajkummar

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 02:11 PM IST
Rao, who has had a stint with all kinds of roles, says ‘people love to put actors in boxes’; adds that ‘some kind of a shift’ happened in his career with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s 2017 directorial.
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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana will soon be seen in filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor’s next that revolves around a cross-functional athlete.
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana will soon be seen in filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor’s next that revolves around a cross-functional athlete.

I’ve been trying to normalise taboo conversations in India through my cinema: Ayushmann Khurrana

UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 10:16 PM IST
Ayushmann Khurrana, who has always had a successful stint with unconventional, taboo subjects, says he strongly feels that through cinema, ‘we could tell society to widen its gaze towards important subjects’.
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Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji starrer Bunty Aur Babli 2, also featuring Siddhant Chaturvedi, is likely to hit theatres in the coming days.
Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji starrer Bunty Aur Babli 2, also featuring Siddhant Chaturvedi, is likely to hit theatres in the coming days.

Theatres reopening in India: risk or advantage?

UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 02:26 PM IST
After seven months of total shutdown, due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Home Affairs has given the green signal to reopen theatres. But the big question is: will audiences turn up at cinemas amid the pandemic?
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Ex-Indian captain, MS Dhoni is currently captaining Chennai Super Kings team, in the ongoing Indian Premier League, after retiring from the international cricket earlier this year.
Ex-Indian captain, MS Dhoni is currently captaining Chennai Super Kings team, in the ongoing Indian Premier League, after retiring from the international cricket earlier this year.

Stars among the stars: Dhoni, Kohli, Akshay at top of the endorsement battle!

UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 02:42 PM IST
According to a survey, MS Dhoni had the highest spontaneous recall, last weekend, as a celebrity endorser during the ongoing IPL, followed by Virat Kohli and Akshay Kumar. Experts say during a cricket tournament, it’s a given that cricketers are going to dominate the advertising scene.
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Champion Paralympian, Deepa Malik has been roped in by an edtech startup, Whitehat Jr. for their ad campaigns.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Champion Paralympian, Deepa Malik has been roped in by an edtech startup, Whitehat Jr. for their ad campaigns.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

New ad-ditions: non-regular brand ambassadors shine bright in advertising world!

UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 10:18 PM IST
Though top Bollywood stars and cricketing icons continue to rule the world of brands; of late, a number of non-regular faces including directors, senior artists and even foreign cricketers have been roped in by many companies.
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